Paul Azinger’s mission, should he choose to accept it, will not be for the faint of heart.
Indications are that Zinger will be offered and accept the American Ryder Cup captaincy for 2016, but that will turn up the heat for two reasons, not the least of which is the U.S. losing so often and frustration carrying over from one Ryder Cup to the next.
Adding several degrees to the heat was Phil Mickelson’s post-Ryder Cup remarks that made Azinger seems as if he can’t be beaten as captain, a role in which he led the last American victory in 2008 at Valhalla.
It isn’t out of the question that he can be beaten, especially in a competition such as the Ryder Cup and if that happens after the pressure and hype leading into 2016, what happens to the U.S. psyche at that point?
Having said that, it’s understandable that the U.S. would want to pull out all stops and go with somebody who has been successful as Azinger has, but all of this talk about systems, pods and lone wolf captains is an indication of the Americans pushing the panic button.
For one thing, they aren’t giving enough credit to a powerful European team that was the favourite coming in and proved itself with the final result. Add to that the fact that the U.S. was missing Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson and couldn’t get it done in the alternate shot format.
Leadership is part of it, but there were other glaring factors that led to the beating the Americans took. Right now, it seems as if they’re overlooking the obvious for an easy fix.
Registration is now open for the PGA of Ontario’s Golf Industry Expo, which will take place Nov. 6-7 at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort Centre … When Mike Belbin of Royal Mayfair won the 2014 Tour Championship recently, it was his fourth win on the PGA of Alberta’s tournament circuit this year … Blackhawk Golf Club recently won the PGA of Alberta team match play (Kevin Chow, Jacques Plouffe) and Pro-Assistant (David MacComb, Craig McArthur) events … Recently, GNN ran a link that showed the hometown pride of Smiths Falls, Ont., where the welcome sign now displays the names of Brooke and Brittany Henderson. More hometown pride was evident this week as more than 45 of Brooke’s classmates showed up after a four-hour drive to Angus Glen to watch her in the World Junior Girls event at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont. Conceivably, it could be Brooke’s last amateur competition as the world No. 1 female amateur said recently that she will make a decision in the next couple of weeks about whether or not she’ll go pro.
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The Dean of Manitoba golf professionals was inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame on Monday. Inducted along with Dean North were Harry Brotchie, Lorraine MacLeod and Jack Cuthbert. For their bios, click here … Chris Dew, superintendent of the National Golf Club in Woodbridge, Ont., won the Fall Field Day Championship hosted by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association at Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club. Jamie Camalucci of Timberwolf Golf Club in Garson, Ont., was low net champ … The Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show will be held Nov. 24-26 at Montreal’s Hilton Bonaventure. Early registration that can save you $150 ends on Friday. For more information, click here … The industry is about evenly split on whether September was everything they had hoped for, weather-wise. That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll and, as I write this, 54 per cent said September weather wasn’t what they’d hoped it would be, while 46 per cent said it lived up to their expectations. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page … A couple of weeks ago, we ran a poll asking if warm, sunny golfing weather will last as long as usual and 64 per cent said no, 27 per cent said it will last as long as usual, while nine per cent said it will last longer than usual.